Wormseed mustard

Prepared by Jennifer L. D’Appollonio, Assistant Scientist, University of Maine, Orono, ME 04469. Updated February 2018.

Scientific name: Erysimum cheiranthoides L.

Common name(s): wormseed mustard, wormseed wallflower, treacle-mustard

Links: USDA PLANTS Profile, Go Botany

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-leaves are

  • simple
  • opposite
  • linear-oblong

-reaches 8″-40″ in height


-may be confused with E. inconspicuum; see left sidebar of Go Botany webpage


-disturbed sites

-meadows and fields

Natural History:

-native to Europe, Asia, and North Africa

-name refers to the seeds of this plant that were used as an antihelminthic, to treat intestinal worms.



Go Botany. “Erysimum Cheiranthoides L.” Erysimum Cheiranthoides (Wormseed Wallflower): Go Botany, 2021, gobotany.nativeplanttrust.org/species/erysimum/cheiranthoides/.